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1 Lt Gen Ted F. Bowlds Commander, Electronic Systems Center Acquisition Physics 101: Everything I Learned About Acquistion, I Learned From Hollywood

2 2 "Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems. - Rene Descartes ( ), "Discours de la Methode"

3 Does anyone believe commercial industry has the secret formula to perfect program acquisition? 3

4 Commercial Example from Aerospace As of December 2008, first flight expected 2 nd Quarter 2009, 1 st delivery 1 st Quarter 2010 Boeings July 2007 prediction at the roll-out event: First flight September 2007 First Commercial passengers May Announced delays of at least 20 months Technical – Schedule

5 Commercial Example from Computer/Software March, 2006: Microsoft plans to delay the consumer launch of its much-anticipated Windows Vista operating system to January It had originally aimed to launch Vista - the first major update since Windows XP was introduced five years ago - in the second half of Now, a version will be available for corporate customers from November Vista will then be rolled out for consumers after the holiday shopping season 5 Announced delays of at least 10 months, quickly followed by system patches Technical – Schedule

6 Commercial Example from Construction The Big Dig was estimated in 1985 at $2.8 billion A July 17, 2008 article in The Boston Globe stated, "In all, the project will cost an additional $7 billion in interest, bringing the total to a staggering $22 billion On January 23, 2008, it was reported that the consortium that oversaw the project, would pay $407 million in restitution for its poor oversight of subcontractors (some of whom committed outright fraud), as well as primary responsibility in the death of a motorist. 6 Cost – Schedule

7 So, how does commercial program management experiences compare to AF acquisition programs? 7

8 Sources of Weapon System Cost Growth Analysis of 35 Major Defense Acquisition Programs 8 Category Development Cost Growth (%) Procurement Cost Growth (%) Total Cost Growth (%) Error Cost Estimate Schedule Estimate1.0.9 Technical Issues Decisions Requirements Affordability Quantity Schedule Inter- or intraprogram transfers Sources of Weapon System Cost Growth, Analysis of 35 Major Defense Acquisition Programs, 2008 RAND Project Air Force

9 Well then, who should we turn to for advice on how to improve Air Force acquisition? 9

10 There have been numerous DOD studies over the past decades on how to improve acquisition, maybe its time for guidance from a different source… 10 Lets give Hollywood a shot at acquisition advice!

11 Acquisition Advice from Hollywood Program Managers Responsibility Clear and Executable Requirements Technical Realism Accurate Cost Believable Schedule Effective Communication 11

12 Lt. Col. Kirby Yorkes View on Program Manager Responsibilities Regardless of all the help and guidance you might receive, in the end, it is all the Program Managers fault. 12

13 "We keep you alive to serve this ship (program). So row well and live." Ben Hurs View of Working In A Program Office

14 John 'Bluto' Blutarsky Comments on Setting Requirements 14

15 Initial Requirements Definition/Tradeoff 15 Information Technology Acquisition: A Common Sense Approach, Defense AT&L, Mar-Apr 09, Alfred Grasso Performance improves dramatically when a significant proportion … of the total program cost is for requirements and concept definition. The Value of Initial Requirements and Concept Definition

16 Police Chief Martin Brody on Spiral Requirements 16 There is a greater chance for success with smaller, more manageable capability releases.

17 Smaller, More Manageable Capability Releases Small Diameter Bomb Phase I: Fixed Target Variant MS B to IOC: ~ 3 Years Phase II: Moving Target Variant MSB Planned FY Remote Ops Video Enhanced Recr (ROVER) I: Video a/a (Predator to AC-130) II: Video a/g downlink (Aircraft to JTACS) III: Multi-band eROVER III: Enhanced reception IV: Added S-band, other improvements V: Handheld design with encryption capability

18 Requirements Stability 18 GAO SP, Assessments of Major Weapon Programs, Mar 09 Requirements Changes, Research and Development Cost Growth, and Delays in Providing Initial Operational Capabilities

19 HAL 9000 on Technology 19 While we would like to believe otherwise, technology is not perfect, expect errors or have a plan B.

20 Technology Readiness Levels 20 GAO/T-NSIAD Joint Strike Fighter Acquisition, 16 Mar 00 Cost and Schedule Experiences on Product Developments

21 Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009 Section 103. Technological Maturity Assessments. For years now, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has reported that successful commercial firms use a knowledge-based product development process to introduce new products. Although DOD acquisition policy embraces this concept, requiring that technologies be demonstrated in a relevant environment prior to program initiation, the Department continues to fall short of this goal. Last Spring, GAO reviewed 72 of DODs 95 major defense acquisition programs (MDAPs) and reported that 64 of the 72 fell short of the required level of product knowledge. According to GAO, 164 of the 356 critical technologies on these programs failed to meet even the minimum requirements for technological maturity. Section 103 would address this problem by making it the responsibility of the Director of Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E) to periodically review and assess the technological maturity of critical technologies used in MDAPs. The DDR&Es determinations would serve as a basis for determining whether a program is ready to enter the acquisition process. The DDR&Es determinations would serve as a basis for determining whether a program is ready to enter the acquisition process. According to GAO, 164 of the 356 critical technologies on these programs failed to meet even the minimum requirements for technological maturity. Technology Maturity 21 Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009: Introduced by Sen Levin (D-MI) on 23 Feb 09

22 Dr Evils View on Cost Estimating 22 Dont under estimate the cost of a program, demand funding to support the requirements (80% confidence...maybe).

23 A Typical Air Force Program?

24 Cost Estimating (Guessing) 24 Its tough to make predictions, especially about the future. -Yogi Berra

25 Dusty Bottoms on the Importance of Good Plan (Schedule) 25 Take the time upfront to develop a believable and executable plan (IMP/IMS) with measurable inch-stones and use it.

26 Whats Driving All The Delays? 26 Note: 31 Mar AT&L Letter to DEPSECDEF Contends $296B is a Sensationalized Figure

27 Ground Element MEECN System (GEMS) 140% (~$138M) Overrun (EAC) And 4 Years Late Heavy Dependency On JTRS Cluster 1 Products – Didnt Materialize Critical Path Elements, Linkages Insufficient Not Linked To EVM System Or Accessible Program Metrics Tasks Would Push To The Right Without Any Flags Inadequate Planning And Processes Made It Difficult To Manage And Measure Program Progress 27 Improvements In Work--Program Re-baseline Built 7000-line Detailed IMS Critical Path Defined; Will Link To New EVM Baseline Feeds Tiered Schedules (Easily Readable For PMs And Decision Makers) So Low-level Task Slips Are Flagged

28 So it all boils down to the basics; cost schedule and technical performance with a clear understanding and acceptance of the risks. 28

29 Common Symptoms of Nunn- McCurdy Class of 2007 Programs 29 Initial program structure from a big A perspective – Requirements definition - inability to manage requirements trade-space – Cost estimating – Funding – Schedule Risk assessment/technology maturity Program Execution – Ineffective IMS with lack of critical path – Systems engineering, particularly early in acquisition cycle – Adding new capabilities within existing program baseline – DT&E failed to accurately predict OT&E results – Premature entry into production – No consequences for poor program performance Lack of program stability – requirements, funding, quantities

30 Is It As Bad As The GAO Says? Mr. Youngs Take … Amount# ProgramsDriverConclusion $95.7B18Qty IncreasesNot True Cost Growth $72.2B9Qty DecreaseNot True Cost Growth -$57B39Negative Growth (Qty Decreases) Good unit cost control $166.6B28MultipleInternal & External $277.5B94 30 Mar 09 GAO Evaluation of 2008 Portfolio 96 Programs; $296B Cost Growth Mr. Youngs Analysis: I do not think it is possible to conclude that the DoD acquisition process alone is broken – Mr. John Young

31 Captain, Road Prison 36 on the Importance of Communication 31 Clear and constant communication to everyone involved is essential.

32 It only works with determination and leadership. 2 quick data points 32

33 Amazing Catch Super Bowl XLII 33 The defining play of the game: faced with third down and five yards to go from their own 44-yard line with 1:15 remaining, Giants quarterback Eli Manning avoided what looked like a sack and completed a 32- yard pass to wide receiver David Tyree, who made a leaping catch by pinning the ball on his helmet. Four plays later Giants score the winning touchdown with 0:35 left in the game. Question: Who was the PM for the helmet? Answer: Doesnt matter, the PM isnt going to get a Super Bowl ring much less any credit. Leadership: If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, we did it. If anything goes real good, then you did it. That's all it takes to get people to win football games for you. Paul Bear Bryant

34 Do You Recognize this Weapon System? 34 Lockheed SkunkWorks – Palmdale, CA First F-117 Production Aircraft Crashed on its maiden flight Cause was a mis-wired yaw and pitch gyros Did not change the determination to continue with the program!

35 Summary Weapon System Acquisition is a contact sport, its not for the timid It has never been perfect, never will Risk management is key, both high risk and low risk Dont forget the 5 Ps…Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance Noli nothis permittere te terere* 35 *Don't let the bastards wear you down

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37 Final Thoughts on Current Economic Situation 37


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